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Recent fire disasters in Hong Kong and other cities in China show that fire safety should receive more attention. In Hong Kong, a large number of pre-1980 high-rise buildings were designed according to old prescriptive building and fire codes. The fire protection measures of these buildings may...
Recent governments have highlighted the problems of unfitness and why individual homeowners should intervene to deal with the maintenance problems of their own homes. Current estimates of the cost of comprehensive renewal are said to run into billions of pounds. There is also a genuine concern...
Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) materials are currently used for concrete structures in areas where corrosion problems are serious. Recent applications of FRP rebars in normal reinforced concrete structures in fact cannot fully utilise the strength of FRP. A more rational use of FRP would be in...
Recent laboratory research has shown that small additions of monofilament polypropylene fibres in concrete, in diameter range of 22 to 35 micron by 19mm long, reduce the flow of water through the concrete matrix by preventing the transmission of water through the normal modes of ingress, e.g....
Surveyor variability has been previously identified as a barrier to the consistency and usability of house condition survey data. This paper explores the use of social judgement theory (SJT) as a potential method to account for, and reduce the impact of, surveyor variability. The study followed...
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